Oh, it’s a thing. And it’s time to put it to rest.
My first experience with mom guilt took place three days after my first son was born. Being a new mom – overtired, overwhelmed and overly emotional – I gave up on breastfeeding and bottle fed my son. *Guilt.*
My second son was exclusively breastfed. However, he also demanded a lot of my time and attention, so I felt that I was favouring him and not spending enough time to nurture his older brother. *Guilt.*
That’s how it started… and eight years in, it hasn’t really stopped. From battles over breakfast to screen time negotiations, from dinner dilemmas to bed time rituals, I always feel that I’m falling short in some way. That somehow, what I’m doing isn’t enough.
Can you relate to this?
The first time I watched the video, I could have cried. I feel you, moms! We’ve all been there, we’ve all done that. (And most of us bought the t-shirt, which was promptly covered with sticky fingers and baby drool, naturally.)
Now it’s no secret that dinnertime is a big source of mom guilt. We invest a lot of emotion into the meals we feed our families, and most of us see the food we give our kids as an expression of our love and affection for them. However, even though as moms, we want nothing but the best for our family, a recent survey by ConAgra Foods found that 7 out of 10 moms wish they could spend less time preparing meals.
Nodding your head? Me too.
Let’s #EndMomGuilt, starting with dinnertime. Marie Callender’s has a long tradition of serving up delicious food with a homemade taste worth savouring. Prepared in the microwave or oven, the frozen entrées can be ready in as little as 15 minutes – with quality ingredients that are perfect for busy families.
Marie Callender’s recently launched six savoury frozen entrées:
• Three Meat Lasagna
• Chicken Lasagna
• Creamy Chicken Alfredo
• Scalloped Potatoes in a Creamy Cheese Sauce with Ham
• Creamy White Mac
• Hearty Three-Meat Marinara
Last night, I decided to take a stand against mom guilt. I knew my family would love Marie Callender’s Hearty Three-Meat Marinara, so I gave myself a much-deserved hall pass on dinner, depending on Ms. Callender instead. I paired the savoury entrée with a pre-made bagged salad and grocery store baguette. Prep time? Under 5 minutes. Results? DELICIOUS.
The Three-Meat Marinara features tender rigatoni tossed in a savoury marinara sauce, mixed with rich-tasting meatballs, Italian sausage, and pepperoni.
Of course, the most important part – my family loved it, and I felt good serving it to them. One less thing to feel guilty about!
Join the #EndMomGuilt conversation online by visiting the Marie Callender’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Marie Callender’s frozen entrées are available at grocery stores nationwide. For more information, visit mariecallenders.ca.
Tell me: Have you felt mom guilt? What was the trigger, and did you overcome it?
Sometimes Mom’s have to take a break from the Mom Guilt, an easy to prepare dinner is definitely one way to do it!
If we are a Mom we certainly carry some form of guilt and it follows you even when they are grown.That dish does look yummy !
I have mom guilt almost daily, I didn’t play enough, didn’t talk enough. Whatever it is I over think the day.
three meat lasagna? I’m in.
I need to check out some of these!
I definitely experience Mom Guilt, I had my kids young then separated from their father and my fair share of mistakes. My guilt let my kids get away with bad behavior until someone said to me that I wasnt doing my kids any good parenting from guilt and to take that guilt..put it in a box and SHELF IT!!
Definitely have the mom guilt and can completely relate to trying to put something nutritious on the table in so limited a time.. there never seems to be enough time to do anything!
Living in the age of hearing nothing but constant “SHAMING” for absolutely EVERYTHING really doesn’t help matters
We all at one time or another in our child raising years we all suffer from some sort of guilt!
Omg it goes on and on now,I definitely experience Grand-Mom Guilt with the grandkids
no mom guilt, I did the best I could do plus everything wasn’t broadcast online back then
Wow I love some of these dinner ideas guilt or not.
There are so many things to make parenting easier these days yet in some ways I think it’s harder because of the pressure and guilt we put on ourselves and each other!
I love their Three Meat Lasagna because it has lots of sauce, cheese and neat